Coroners

Coroners record and investigate sudden, unexpected and violent deaths. Her Majesty's Senior Coroner for North Wales (East and Central) covering Denbighshire, Conwy, Wrexham and Flintshire, is Mr John Gittins LL.B (Hons) Solicitor.

Not all deaths are reported to the coroner, in most cases, a GP or hospital doctor can issue a Medical Certificate of the cause of death so that it can be registered by the registrar. 

When is a coroner involved?

A death should be reported to the coroner when a doctor knows or has reasonable cause to suspect that the death: 

  • Occurred as a result of poisoning, the use of a controlled drug, medicinal product, or toxic chemical; 
  • Occurred as a result of trauma, violence or physical injury, whether inflicted intentionally or otherwise;
  • Is related to any treatment or procedure of a medical or similar nature;
  • Occurred as a result of self-harm, (including a failure by the deceased person to preserve their own life) whether intentional or otherwise;
  • Occurred as a result of injury or disease received during, or attributable to, the course of the deceased person’s work;
  • Occurred as a result of a notifiable accident, poisoning, or disease;
  • Occurred as a result of neglect or failure of care by another person;
  • Was otherwise unnatural.

The coroner should also be informed where:

  • The death occurred in custody or otherwise in state detention – of whatever cause;
  • No attending practitioner attended the deceased at any time in the 14 days prior to death or no attending practitioner is available within a reasonable period to prepare an MCCD; 
  • The identity of the deceased is unknown;
  • The cause of death is unknown.

When a death has been reported to the coroner the registrar must wait for the coroner to finish his enquiries before the death can be registered. These enquiries may take time, so it is always best to contact the coroner’s office before any funeral arrangements are made. 

What does the coroner do?

Coroners will look to establish the medical cause of death. If the cause remains in doubt after a post mortem, an inquest will be held. If the examination shows death to have been a natural one, there may be no need for an inquest and the coroner will send a form to the registrar of deaths so that the death can be registered by the relatives and a certificate of burial issued by the registrar.

Inquests

An inquest is held to record:

  • Who the deceased was
  • When, where and how he or she came by the medical cause of death 

When a conclusion is reached, the coroner records the details needed for the registration of the death

An inquest does not determine any question of civil liability or criminal liability on the part of a named person.

Forthcoming inquests

Click on a date to see inquests taking place that day

Wednesday 21 February

The Town Hall, Lloyd Street, Llandudno, LL30 2UP


Name of deceased Age Place & date of death Time of hearing
TIMOTHY JOHN REES 51 COLWYN BAY 18.9.17 10am
MARY GREGORY 94 LLANDUDNO 19.9.17 10.45am
HEDDWEN MAI ROBERTS 70 LLYSFAEN 7.6.17 11.30am
SANDRA MARGARET JONES 58 ABERGELE 23.9.17 12.15pm
JANE MARGARET GRIFFITH 59 GLAN CLWYD 2.10.17 2pm
NICHOLAS EDWARDATHERTON SEAMAN 46 OLD COLWYN 10.10.17 2.45pm
PAMELA JANE BURGESS 45 GLAN CLWYD 30.9.17 3.30pm
TRACEY JANE LOWE 46 KINMEL BAY 14.10.17 4.15pm


Friday 23 February

Coroner's Court, County Hall, Wynnstay Road, Ruthin, LL15 1YN


Name of deceased Age Place & date of death Time of hearing
MICHELLE FRASER AWBERY 46 RUTHIN 21.9.17 10am
IAN PHILIP ROBERTS 49 COUNTESS OF CHESTER 15.9.17 10.45am
WILLIAM JOHN DURCAN 87 GLAN CLWYD 4.10.17 11.30am
ANTHONY JAMES WALSH 81 PRESTATYN 6.10.17 2pm
PETER JOHNSTONE 57 RHOS ON SEA 29.6.17 2.45pm
DEAN ANTHONY WYNNE 44 WREXHAM 20.9.17 3.15pm


Wednesday 28 February

The Guildhall, Wrexham, LL11 1AY


Name of deceased Age Place & date of death Time of hearing
ANITA HUMPHREYS 72 WREXHAM MAELOR 25.9.17 10am
NICOLA JANE MILLAR 46 WREXHAM 27.9.17 10.45am
PETER HAYWARD 65 WREXHAM MAELOR 16.8.17 11.30am
IAIN ROGERSON 57 WREXHAM MAELOR 13.10.17 12.15pm
RAYMOND BRINDLEY 87 WREXHAM MAELOR 13.7.17 2pm


Tuesday 6 March

Coroner's Court, County Hall, Wynnstay Road, Ruthin, LL15 1YN


Name of deceased Age Place & date of death Time of hearing
WILLIAM RICHARD GILL 89 GLAN CLWYD 26.9.17 10am
EVIE MAY DAISY
GRACE STUBBS
5 WEEKS GLAN CLWYD 26.5.17 10.30am
WILLIAM STANLEY FIELD 77 DENBIGH HOSPITAL 23.9.17 11.15am
LOUISE WOOD 44 GLAN CLWYD 1.7.17 12 NOON


Thursday 8 March

Coroner's Court, County Hall, Mold, Flintshire, CH7 6NB


Name of deceased Age Place & date of death Time of hearing
JONATHAN STEPHEN
WHITEHEAD
40 MANCOT 3.6.17 10am
ROWENA GREEN 57 WREXHAM MAELOR 14.7.17 10.45am
GWYNETH EAGLES 81 WREXHAM MAELOR 12.10.17 11.30AM
MATTHEW O’HARE 43 DEESIDE 17.6.17 12.15PM
SHIRLEY MAY KINSON 56 WREXHAM MAELOR 13.10.17 2PM
JOHNATHAN LEE REYNOLDS 48 BUCKLEY 14.10.17 2.45PM


Friday 16 March

Coroner's Court, County Hall, Wynnstay Road, Ruthin, LL15 1YN


Name of deceased Age Place & date of death Time of hearing
MARY BACON 95 DEGANWY 5.7.17 10am
KARL RONALD HIBBERD 28 CERRIGYDRUDION 24.6.17 2pm


Wednesday 21 March

Coroner's Court, County Hall, Wynnstay Road, Ruthin, LL15 1YN


Name of deceased Age Place & date of death Time of hearing
CAROL LOWNDES 70 RHYL 26.6.17 10am
NEIL WILLIAM CRESSWELL 79 GLAN CLWYD 15.10.17 10.45am
TRACEY BOWLES 52 RHYL 16.10.17 11.30am
BARBARA ANN HIBBERTS 72 WREXHAM AMELOR 15.9.17 2pm


Friday 23 March

Coroner's Court, County Hall, Wynnstay Road, Ruthin, LL15 1YN


Name of deceased Age Place & date of death Time of hearing
DAVID EVANS 33 HOLYWELL 24.8.17 10am
NIGEL RICHARD KEIGHLEY 67 ALICANTE 7.3.17 10.45am
DAVID THOMAS 46 PRESTAYN 2.8.17 11.30am
KEITH PAUL RUSSELL 57 GLAN CLWYD 3.5.17 2pm


Wednesday 28 March

Coroner's Court, County Hall, Wynnstay Road, Ruthin, LL15 1YN


Name of deceased Age Place & date of death Time of hearing
HARRY BENNETT 82 GLAN CLWYD 5.7.17 10am


 

Registration of Deaths

If the coroner decides that it is necessary for an inquest to be held, then the death will not be registered until the inquest has been completed, however an Interim Death Certificate will be issued by the coroner pending full registration.

At the conclusion of the inquest the coroner will register the death with the registrar for the area where the death occurred. The register offices for North Wales (East and Central) are:

The Coroner's Office

You can contact the Coroner's Office using the details below:

Address:
HM Coroner’s Office
County Hall
Wynnstay Road
Ruthin
LL15 1YN

Email: coroner@denbighshire.gov.uk  

Telephone number: 01824 708 047